Top Knot Detective.

Comedy feature Top Knot Detective is set to air as on SBS2 next Wednesday.

The film is the debut feature of co-writers and directors Aaron McCann and Dominic Pearce.

Lauren Brunswick, winner of the 2015 WA Young Filmmaker of the Year Award and one of SPA’s 2015 Ones to Watch, produced.

A mockumentary, Top Knot Detective was borne out of SBS’s 2015 Comedy Runway initiative to find emerging talent. The initial pilot is on SBS On Demand.

Originally commissioned as a web-series, the comedy was turned into a feature in the last few months of post-production. The majority of the film was shot in WA across 2015 and 2016, with additional principal photography in Japan and Sydney.

The film looks behind the scenes at the (fictional) Japanese drama Ronin Suirai Tantei, or as it’s better known in Australia where it was a cult hit, Top Knot Detective – "the best 90s samurai show you’ve never seen.”.

It examines the dark story of the show’s original creator Takashi Takamoto – an eccentric popstar turned writer, director and actor – who will do anything to hold onto his celebrity, including murder.

Top Knot Detective features Des Mangan, Lee Lin Chin, Dario Russo, Travis Johnson, Guitar Wolf and starsToshi Okuzaki, Masa Yamaguchi and Mayu Iwasaki.

The film was financed by Screenwest, Screen Australia and SBS, and airs September 28 on SBS2.

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